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Demons searching for complete game

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By Matt Birkholtz

A new coach brings a new methodology of teaching players basketball.

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First-year Williamstown coach Steve Sigmon is in the learning curve.

After losing to the Bellevue Tigers 59-56 Dec. 11, the Demons are 0-5 on the season, and are still in search of their first win this season.

Williamstown trailed by as many as 15 points late in the third quarter, before making a strong comeback that fell just short in the final minute of the game.

Without a win, Williamstown is anxious to seal, a victory.

“I think the players are anxious,” Sigmon said. “Wins are overstated. You’ve got to remember Williamstown is a small school playing bigger schools. Yes, we want to compete.”

Sigmon said a small school, means the basketball program is going to be in a rebuilding mode every few years.

“My biggest problem is getting game speed in practice,” he said. “It is hard to get that from your junior varsity squad.”

The Demons will play county rival Grant County Dec. 18. Last season, the Braves swept Williamstown.

“Grant County is a big school,” Sigmon said. “We are a small school but we are going to show up and compete.”

Sigmon stressed the full-court pressure that the Braves play as being crucial to the Demons getting a win at Grant County.

“If we can get the ball away from the pressure, then the boys are going to be fine,” he said.

Demons junior guard Jake McKinley is looking forward to facing the Braves.

“It’s really fun,” he said. “It’s the most exciting game all year.”

McKinley agrees with Sigmon on the full-court pressure by the Braves.

“Grant County plays really good defense,” McKinley said. “We just have to handle the pressure and give them a good game.”

Turnovers are a key area in which the Demons need to improve in. According to Sigmon, Williamstown is averaging 20 turnovers a game.

McKinley said that if the Demons can limit their turnovers and handle the pressure that Williamstown will be fine.

“We’re bigger than them and hopefully we can beat them inside,” he said.